Dingwall and Skye Railway

Introduction

This is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail between Kyle of Lochalsh, Stromeferry and Inverness.

The line is supported and promoted by the Friends of the Kyle Line .






Dates

05/07/1865Dingwall and Skye Railway
Dingwall and Skye Railway authorised Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh.
02/05/1868[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Deviation authorised; Kyle of Lochalsh to Attadale not to be built.
Engineer; Joseph Mitchell & Company.
Contractors; J & A Granger (Dingwall to Achanalt), A & K Macdonald (Achanalt to Attadale) and Donald McGregor & Company (Attadale Pier).
  /  /1869[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Terminus plans altered from Attadale to Strome Ferry
05/08/1870[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Opened to goods traffic only
19/08/1870[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Railway opened (Stations at Strathpeffer, Garve, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Strathcarron, Strome Ferry) (Loops at Garve, Achnasheen, Strathcarron and Strome Ferry).
19/08/1870[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Line opened from Dingwall to Stromeferry Pier
09/11/1870[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
S.S. Oscar lost at Applecross
  /  /1871[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Hotel at Achnasheen, designed by Alexander Ross, opened
  /  /1872[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Glencarron Platform opened.
26/04/1872[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Lochluichart private platform becomes public and is re-built
31/07/1872[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strome Ferry Engine Shed burns down
  /  /1873[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Attadale Platform opened
24/04/1877[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
[Highland Railway] takes over steamer operations.
01/03/1878[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Siding opened at Attadale
30/03/1880[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
P.S. Carham grounds at Raasay
17/04/1880[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
[Highland Railway] abandons steamer operations in favour of David MacBrayne.
01/09/1880[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
[Highland Railway]
Amalgamation with [Highland Railway].
04/01/1882[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
First Skye Bogie locomotive introduced
01/06/1885[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strathpeffer renamed Auchterneed for opening of [Strathpeffer Branch].
16/10/1891[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strome Ferry station train shed burns down
01/06/1900[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Achnashellach box and loop opened
13/06/1911[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Highland Hotel at Strathpeffer opens
01/07/1914[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Luib crossing opens
  /  /1917[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
American Mine base opens at Kyle of Lochalsh
  /  /1918[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
American Mine base closes
16/01/1919[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Loan crossing and sidings opens for Admiralty (Alternative date: 1 February 1918)
  /  /1920[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
[Highland Railway] purchases Loan sidings from Admiralty.
  /  /1920[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Loan crossing and sidings closed
  /  /1921[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Loan crossing and sidings lifted
  /  /1923[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Ravens Rock Quarry siding opens
  /  /1936[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Fodderty Junction box closes (for 4 years)
  /09/1937[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strome Ferry pier demolished
  /06/1939[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Ravens Rock Quarry closes
23/06/1940[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Fodderty Junction box re-opens
20/08/1944[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Fodderty Junction box closes
  /  /1952[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Ravens Rock Siding removed
01/05/1954[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Lochluichart (Old) and two miles of track close (Alternative date : 3 May 1954)
03/05/1954[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Lochluichart (New) and diversion open
27/01/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Lochluichart (New) closed to goods
27/01/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Achnashellach closed to goods
18/05/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Auchterneed closed to goods
15/06/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Stromeferry closed to goods
02/11/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Achanalt closed to goods
07/12/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Auchterneed closed to passengers
07/12/1964[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Clencarron closed to passengers (Alternative date: 1966).
20/03/1966[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Stromeferry East and West boxes and loop closed
22/03/1966[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Achnashellach box and loop closed
23/03/1966[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Achanalt East and West boxes and loop closed
24/03/1966[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Auchterneed box and loop closed
15/08/1966[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Attadale closed to goods
  /11/1969[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Building of first road along south shore of Loch Carron leads to temporary blockage of line.
13/03/1970[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strathcarron to Stromeferry re-opens (following major blockage).
  /12/1971[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Announcement of line closure on the 31rst of December 1973 by Secretary of State for Scotland
26/03/1973[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Ullapool to Stornaway ferry service starts
02/11/1973[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Line reprieved until the 31rst of December 1974
31/12/1973[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Original planned closure
  /  /1974[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Decision taken to retain line and use in connection with Oil Platform construction
31/12/1974[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
End of reprieval period, but line retained for Oil Industry
  /  /1975[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Howard Doris Loch Kishorn Oil Platform Construction Site depot opened at Strome Ferry
17/03/1975[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Kyle to Portree mailboat service ends
  /  /1979[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Ground frame and siding removed at Attadale
  /  /1982[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Depot at Strome Ferry closed and track disconnected from main line
01/04/1984[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Garve East and West boxes close
17/06/1984[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strathcarron East box closes.
17/06/1984[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Strathcarron West box converted into gate box.
13/07/1984[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Radio Electric Token Block introduced
  /  /1988[Dingwall and Skye Railway]
Disused depot track at Strome Ferry lifted

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Achterneed

This was the first station to serve Strathpeffer and was very inconveniently located away from the town and up a hill due to local opposition to taking the line through the town.
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Blackwater Viaduct

This is a single track two? girder viaduct at the south east end of Loch Garve between Garve station and Raven's Rock Summit....

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Garve

This is a two platform station with an original station building, now in other uses, on the up (eastbound) platform.
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Lochluichart [2nd]

This was a single platform station with a small building and small goods yard. This station replaced a private halt Lochluichart [1st] which was closer to Lochluichart Lodge and to the east. The station closed when Loch Luichart was damned for a hydroscheme and replaced by a new station...

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Achanalt

This was a two platform station. The original timber platform on the up (eastbound) platform was lost in 1889. Its replacement survived until at least the 1960s.
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Achnasheen

This is a two platform station with a loop. The platforms are slightly staggered. The station building on the up eastbound) platform remains standing. It is of the same style as those at Strathcarron and Garve.
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Glencarron

This was a single platform halt with a small wooden shelter and passenger operated signal to let drivers of trains know that a call was needed.
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Achnashellach

This is a one platform station.
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Strathcarron

This is a two platform station with a passing loop on a single track railway.
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Attadale

This is a very small station with a single platform. The original small timber building has been replaced with a concrete equivalent.
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Stromeferry

This was the terminus of the line until extension west and south to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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